Obama's unusual dependence on a teleprompter

The Politico notes Obama's unusual use below. I can only imagine what would happen to Bush or another Republican if they needed a teleprompter this much.

It’s just something presidents haven’t done,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, a presidential historian who has held court in the White House since December 1975. “It’s jarring to the eye. In a way, it stands in the middle between the audience and the president because his eye is on the teleprompter.”

Just how much of a crutch the teleprompter has become for Obama was on sharp display during his latest commerce secretary announcement. The president spoke from a teleprompter in the ornate Indian Treaty Room for a few minutes. Then Gov. Gary Locke stepped to the podium and pulled out a piece of paper for reference.

The president’s teleprompter also elicited some uncomfortable laughter after he announced Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his choice for Health and Human Services secretary. “Kathy,” Obama said, turning the podium over to Sebelius, who waited at the microphone for an awkward few seconds while the teleprompters were lowered to the floor and the television cameras rolled.

Obama has relied on a teleprompter through even the shortest announcements and when repeating the same lines on his economic stimulus plan that he's been saying for months — whereas past presidents have mostly worked off of notes on the podium except during major speeches, such as the State of the Union. . . . .

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Blogger dWj said...

My grandmother met Eisenhower or Goldwater -- I forget which -- and got to see his notes before he gave a speech. They consisted of six words.

3/06/2009 11:10 AM  
Blogger bdickens said...

And this is the guy who is so articulate?

3/06/2009 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackberry or teleprompter, PrezBO must be in constant contact with his oligarchy. Oligarch Obama is only the sockpuppet for his shadow puppeteers.

Prepare to be assimilated by the BOG. Resistance to Obamination is futile. BOG Brother is watching - OBEY!

3/07/2009 6:34 AM  
Blogger cmblake6 said...

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there. Or perhaps a glaringly embarassing.

3/07/2009 10:36 AM  

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